QBL

THE SCHWEINFURTH
ART CENTER

Quilting by the Lake 2019 Classes & Workshops

QBL offers more than twenty 2, 3 and 5 day quilting classes & workshops taught by nationally and internationally recognized quilt artists and teachers.  All quilting classes are held on the campus of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.

Important Class & Workshop Information

  • 2-day classes and workshops meet Monday & Tuesday
  • 3-day classes and workshops meet Wednesday - Friday
  • 5-day classes and workshops meet Monday - Friday
  • All classes and workshops meet from 8:30 - 11:30am & 1 - 4pm. 
  • Additional materials fees apply for some classes and workshops and are indicated on the supply list. Supply fee is paid directly to the teacher at QBL.
  • All classrooms are air-conditioned.

Session I

1. Coming Full Circle (All)
    SARAH BOND
    Monday - Tuesday, July 15 - 16, 2019
2. Lone Star Variations (Int)
    SARAH BOND
    Wednesday- Friday July 17 - 19, 2019
3. Fast Piecing with Seminole Techniques (All)
    RACHEL D.K. CLARK
    Monday - Tuesday, July 15 - 16, 2019
4. Clothing for the Body and Soul + Quilts (All)
    RACHEL D.K. CLARK
    Wednesday- Thursday, July 17 - 19, 2018
5. Rock On (Int)
    ROSALIE DACE
    Monday- Friday, July 15 - 19, 2019
6. Elements of Design and Composition (All)
    DAVID HORNUNG
    Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19, 2019
7. Follow the Thread: A New Approach to Free-motion Quilting (All)
    PAULA KOVARIK
    Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19, 2019
8. Inspiration Through Reflection: Painting Fabric, Creating Quilts (All)
    EMILY RICHARDSON
    Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19, 2019
9. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Monday-Tuesday, July 15 - 16, 2019
10. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Wednesday-Friday, July 17 - 29, 2019

Session II

11. Multi-Media Materials (All)
    BETTY BUSBY
    Monday - Friday July 22- 26, 2019
12. Color + Composition = Art Quilt (All)
    ELIZABETH BUSCH
    Monday- Friday , July 22 - 26, 2019
13. Design by Nature (Int)
    ROSALIE DACE
    Monday - Friday, July 22 - 26, 2019
14. Organic Applique (All)
    KATHY DOUGHTY
    Monday - Tuesday, July 22 - 23, 2019
15. Taking Shapes (All)
    KATHY DOUGHTY
    Wednesday-Friday, July 24 - 26, 2019
16. Embroidered Images (All)
    AMANDA MCCAVOUR
    Monday - Tuesday, July 22 - 23, 2019
17. Landscape Scarf/ Wall Hanging (All)
    AMANDA MCCAVOUR
    Wednesday- Friday, July 24 - 26, 2019
18. Book of Life- Yours! (All)
    LORIE MCCOWN
    Monday - Friday, July 22 - 26, 2019
19. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Monday - Tuesday, July 15 - 16, 2019
20. Independent Studio ()
    No Instructor
    Wednesday- Friday July 24 - 26, 2019

1. Coming Full Circle 

Instructor: SARAH BOND

This class is an exploration of the circle, a classic quilt form. I’ve been exploring circles and combining them in different ways. I’ll be presenting three kinds of circles for your quilting pleasure. The first is String Fan Circle, paper pieced from multiple strips of fabric. The second is a Swirly Circle, which involves curved piecing (don’t be scared). The third is a Checkerboard Circle, paper pieced from constructed strip sets. All of these circles can be combined into one quilt or used separately. I’ll be providing a square shoulder and a hexagonal shoulder to use in designing the set for your quilt.
Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 15 - 16, 2019
Levels: All
Tuition: $280
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Coming full circle supply list.pdf


2. Lone Star Variations 

Instructor: SARAH BOND

Come join us for a quilt workshop to expand the boundaries of your skills and creativity. Learn to turn out a variety of dazzling Lone Stars that match at the corners and lay flat! The Lone Star is one of the visually simplest and yet most stunning of traditional quilt patterns. The 8-pointed star is made up of smaller diamonds and creates a visual effect of color and pattern radiating from the center of the star out to its points. The diamond blades, once mastered, can be combined in a number of innovative designs, including an inverted design or a lateral spread of the blades across the width of the quilt. The class will start with a small Lone Star so that students can work through the basic construction techniques. We will then move on to planning and executing a larger version or other variations as desired. This is a workshop-style class where the technique will be taught in class and then there will be time for quilters to work with their own machines and materials during class.
Dates: Wednesday- Friday July 17 - 19, 2019
Levels: Intermediate
Tuition: $395
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Lone Star Variations supply list.pdf


3. Fast Piecing with Seminole Techniques 

Instructor: RACHEL D.K. CLARK

Students will be creating units that are made from long strips, and then sewn together, cut and remade into a Seminole pattern. The strips are suitable to be used in a small quilt, wall hanging, or garment. Please note: this class will focus on Seminole techniques, as opposed to Seminole piecing and is suitable for experienced beginners, intermediate, and advanced sewers. Sewing machine and supplies are required. Seminole piecing originated from the Seminole patchwork used in clothing created by Seminole Indians.
Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 15 - 16, 2019
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $280
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Fast Piecing with Seminol-2.pdf


4. Clothing for the Body and Soul + Quilts 

Instructor: RACHEL D.K. CLARK

In this workshop students will create a garment or small quilt that will “speak” for them. Using a traditional or contemporary pattern, each student will be encouraged to create a one-of-a-kind work that will reflect individual personality or ethnicity, make a social or political statement, and/or express humor. A variety of construction and embellishment techniques will be explored. Students may work with just one color, or many contrasting prints or solids, and/or experiment with textures. With the addition of buttons, beads, bells, baubles, braids, ribbons, and/or lace, each student’s work will make a unique and individual statement. In this multi-day class students will initially focus on design, fabric selection, layout, and techniques. Rachel will work with students first to facilitate the design phase and then move on to construction. Students will be encouraged to work at their own pace with one-on-one input from Rachel throughout the process.
Dates: Wednesday- Thursday, July 17 - 19, 2018
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $395
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Clothing for Body & Soul + Quilts -1.pdf


5. Rock On 

Instructor: ROSALIE DACE

Get down to earth with your quilts as you discover the beauty and design possibilities of rocks and stones as you learn how to make good design from natural sources. From tiny pebbles to mighty mountains, from smooth and round to sharp, faceted and jagged, rocks surround our world and make up much of the raw material of our planet. In this class we will look at images and actual stones to discover the rich variety of this extraordinary element. Using these as a basic design source you will build a richly colored and patterned quilt top. Your design may be based on small multiple pebbles, soaring monoliths, ancient symbolic lithographs, or exquisite gemstones. Emphasis will be on shape, color, texture, and line. You may choose to piece, applique, fuse, and stitch in a variety of fabrics of your choice to create an individual quilt top. Maybe you can even add some real stones as textural embellishment!
Dates: Monday- Friday, July 15 - 19, 2019
Levels: Intermediate
Tuition: $620
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Rock On (2).pdf


6. Elements of Design and Composition 

Instructor: DAVID HORNUNG

This class is for any artist who is feeling the need for a refresher course in the design fundamentals or perhaps never had the benefit of a classic, two-dimensional design course. This five day intensive curriculum examines the special character of shape and contour, the development of figure/ground awareness, the character of line and mark, and the interface between accident and deliberation in the design process. Students will make an informative series of small studies in black and white and color in a supportive and stress-free workshop atmosphere. Classroom work is augmented by slide presentations and discussions. This workshop is based on a course that David Hornung developed at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19, 2019
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $620
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Description and supply list Elements of Design and Composition.pdf


7. Follow the Thread: A New Approach to Free-motion Quilting 

Instructor: PAULA KOVARIK

Loosen up and explore new territory with line and stitch in this free-motion quilting workshop. Students will learn to focus on the character of line and personal symbols through simple drawing and observation exercises. You will translate line to thread, develop techniques to accept the imperfect, accelerate ideas, and stitch from the imagination. Student exercises provide new tools for seeing, interpreting, and completing concept-driven work. With a focus on generating ideas through research and observation, you will build your stitching vocabulary and trust the thread to tell your story. Open to all skill levels; free-motion quilting experience a plus.
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19, 2019
Levels: All Levels
Tuition: $620
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Paul Kovarik Follow the thread supply list.pdf


8. Inspiration Through Reflection: Painting Fabric, Creating Quilts 

Instructor: EMILY RICHARDSON

Looking back on your life and creative work, aspects and events stand out as significant or pivotal. From these thoughtful reflections, inspiration will naturally come as you choose and mix colors, consider symbols and marks, and paint on a variety of lightweight fabrics, in a free, and naturally expressive way. Viewing your painted cloth will help direct you in creating abstract imagery in a small quilt. The emphasis will be on looking and making decisions based on visual responses, with an eye towards composition. These are techniques that I use in my work, and I will demonstrate each one. It's a fun way to work, with lots of unexpected and exciting surprises in the process. Acrylic paint, samples of silk fabrics, paper for small composition exercises, and handouts will be provided ($40.00 materials fee).
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19, 2019
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $620
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Emily Richardson Materials List 2019.pdf


9. Independent Studio 

Instructor:

A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Tables, design walls, ironing boards and irons are provided. Not suitable for dyeing.

Dates: Monday-Tuesday, July 15 - 16, 2019
Levels: All
Tuition: $155
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: No supply list available at this time5.pdf


10. Independent Studio 

Instructor:

A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Tables, design walls, ironing boards and irons are provided. Not suitable for dyeing.

Dates: Wednesday-Friday, July 17 - 29, 2019
Levels: All
Tuition: $230
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: No supply list available at this time6.pdf


11. Multi-Media Materials 

Instructor: BETTY BUSBY

For several years Betty has explored the use of various non-woven materials in her fiber art. They have been a wonderful addition to traditional fabrics, extending the range of expression that can be achieved. The class will include samples of different types of non-woven materials, ways to produce images with them, and methods to incorporate them to extend the range of expression that can be achieved with traditional fabrics. The class will also explore the use of an electric cutting machine (Cameo) to cut the non-wovens into finely tuned shapes. You will learn how to draw a pattern from scratch, put it into the cutter software, and adjust the settings on the machine to produce results that are useable in many applications. In addition, Betty has developed new ways of painting fabrics. Students can make samples using her methods and materials, and combine them with the non-wovens as desired. Betty will assist students with making their own designs and patterns. The aim of the class is to give each student many exciting ideas to experiment with. Sample size pieces of the non-wovens and one yard of silk habotai are provided in the class. The use of paints and other art supplies is also included. Materials fee: $40.
Dates: Monday - Friday July 22- 26, 2019
Levels: All Levels
Tuition: $620
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: class supplies-multi materials-aqsf 17.pdf


12. Color + Composition = Art Quilt 

Instructor: ELIZABETH BUSCH

Using both Pro Chem’s Transparent and Opaque Textile Paints on Black Trigger cloth and cotton canvas, each participant will create work that portrays an idea from within. I will share samples of my work, discuss how I find inspiration for my quilts, discuss how one piece leads to another, how to ‘listen’ to what your work is telling you, and review basics of good composition and design through quick daily exercises. You will work with and mix colors to create your own palette. Process is the key to my work, and I will share the ‘how’ with the group. You will each paint, play, explore, and sew, creating 1-3 small quilt tops by workshop’s end. The group will paint half the time and sew half the time, though each participant will work at her/his own pace. We will also learn how to look at the finished results individually and as a group, establishing a way to be objective about our own and others’ work in order to use constructive criticism as a positive tool. We may also discuss any other topics of your choosing i.e. commission work, making a living as an artist, entering shows, art consultants, public art, etc. . .
Dates: Monday- Friday , July 22 - 26, 2019
Levels: All Levels
Tuition: $620
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Description and Supply List QBL 2019.pdf


13. Design by Nature 

Instructor: ROSALIE DACE

In this class we will look at beauty, patterns, and possibilities in the natural world around us. Using these as a basic design source, simplifying and maybe repeating them, we will make rich and exciting individual quilt tops. We will not be making realistic copies of what we see, but discovering how to turn them into a simplified or abstract repeat design. Emphasis in this class will be on looking, simplifying, design, and composition with special reference to color, line, shape, and texture. The design sources and possibilities are endless and include natural organic forms such as:
Animal: minute details of feathers, hair, skin, eyes, shells, horns, fish scales, wings, coral, etc.
Vegetable: consider the close-up beauty of flowers, stamens, seeds, leaves, pollen, tree rings, bark, roots, fruit and vegetable cross-sections (like oranges and cabbages), seaweed, and water plants.
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 22 - 26, 2019
Levels: Intermediate
Tuition: $620
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Design By Nature.pdf


14. Organic Applique 

Instructor: KATHY DOUGHTY

Organic Applique is a design class full of techniques and tips for anyone who wants to bring their ideas to life. We will use simple techniques and easy shapes to design creative projects that are unique to the maker. Beginners and advanced quilters alike will enjoy experimenting with a variety of fabric styles and combinations. Using wash away applique paper we can trace or draw our shapes before placing them on the background. Make the projects as presented or use helpful hints to create design opportunities!
Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 22 - 23, 2019
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $280
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: organic applique description and supply.pdf


15. Taking Shapes 

Instructor: KATHY DOUGHTY

Taking Shapes as a concept has evolved from my popular Modern Wedge workshops. Free yourself from following a pattern and start a practice following your own instincts! We will work with 60 degree shapes in a variety of scales and layouts to create individual contemporary quilt designs! Explore triangles, diamonds, hexagons, and more using acrylic templates and a variety of fabric styles. Using templates allows us to cut accurately so that sewing accurately is easy! We will work on a design wall and watch the pattern evolve. We will examine fabric in regard to color, value, print, and character with a view to let the fabric do the work! Several different patterns and ideas will be presented for you to choose from but the outcome is up to you!
Dates: Wednesday-Friday, July 24 - 26, 2019
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $395
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Taking Shapes QBL description and supply.pdf


16. Embroidered Images 

Instructor: AMANDA MCCAVOUR

Photos will serve as the jumping off point for this workshop where color, texture, and line will be explored. Students can bring in their own photos that could explore local landscape, personal histories, or historical objects. We will use these photos as a place to start transferring lines and we will embellish and stitch these images using machine stitching and hand embroidery to create one of a kind works. Students will make a variety of samples exploring different texture and color combinations and will expand these tests into a larger piece - the form of which can be determined by the participants. Examples of what could be made are scarf or wearable piece, a wall hanging, a folding book, or sculptural vessel.
Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 22 - 23, 2019
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $280
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Embroidered images supply list.pdf


17. Landscape Scarf/ Wall Hanging 

Instructor: AMANDA MCCAVOUR

Using the landscape as our starting point, we will reference the natural world taking colors, textures, and influence from a landscape that is altered and affected by changes in climate. This landscape will be translated into a mixed media piece made with machine embroidery and water soluble stabilizer to the dimensions of approximately 45” x 12”. This work will have a dual purpose and will act as a both a wall hanging and a wearable. The landscape depicted in thread can hang on the wall to be viewed from a distance or be wrapped around a body so one can be enveloped by the landscape to feel its texture and warmth. Reflecting on the environment, its textures, and creatures within it, we will explore our thoughts on the wellbeing of our planet, the plants, and animals within it and our place within the world. By creating a wall hanging, we will look at the environment and observe, and by having this wall hanging also be a wearable, I hope that we will be able to feel a connecting physically to the landscape. Through the theme of landscape and environment, students will learn the basics of machine embroidery with water soluble stabilizer and will explore texture, pattern, and line creating a one of a kind piece.
Dates: Wednesday- Friday, July 24 - 26, 2019
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $395
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Landscape Scarf-Wall Hanging supply list.pdf


18. Book of Life- Yours!  

Instructor: LORIE MCCOWN

Create a book with all the things, memories, and tokens you already have lying around and don’t know what to do with. We will spend the first part of the class in discussion and exploration of your ideas and materials that you brought with you. We will construct pages consisting of fabrics, papers, other treasures, and mementos. Small works of collage and fabric art will then be bound together to create a whole piece. We will get as creative and unconventional as you want to get. Traditional forms and non-traditional forms of books will be welcome. This is a sewing and mixed media work class. Some knowledge of sewing is helpful, but not necessary. Machines are optional for this class.
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 22 - 26, 2019
Levels: All
Tuition: $620
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: LMcCown Book of life class supply list.pdf


19. Independent Studio 

Instructor:

A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Tables, design walls, ironing boards and irons are provided. Not suitable for dyeing.

Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 15 - 16, 2019
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $225
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List:


20. Independent Studio 

Instructor:

 A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Tables, design walls, ironing boards and irons are provided. Not suitable for dyeing.

Dates: Wednesday- Friday July 24 - 26, 2019
Levels:
Tuition: $230
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: